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19 June 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

19 June 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

CAST have put together an FAQ document for any new starters. See below or click here to view the pdf version.

‘How long is the school day’

Tutor time begins at 8:30am, with 1st lesson starting at 8:45am. For most, the school day finishes at either 3:40 or 4:30pm – please visit the following link for a breakdown of the school day:

With parental permission, if families prefer for home learning to be completed at home students are allowed to leave at 3:40pm but are also able to stay until 4:30pm.

‘Are there any after school clubs’

Yes, on a Wednesday the PFA offer after school clubs at CAST to all Pre-16 students and finish at 4:30pm. All students are expected to undertake extra-curricular activities. Students will be excused from these if they have other club commitments outside of the college: ie. swimming, karate.

‘What is a Conference Day’

Parkside Federation have conference days, otherwise known as teacher training days throughout the year and these can be found on the college calendar

‘How is progress reported to parents’

The Academy uses Go4Schools to report progress and assessments to parents. More information is available here:

‘What is the school uniform and where can we purchase it’

Please see the website for details regarding our uniform expectations:

‘What do we have to do for the transition of our child from their current school’

Our admissions team, based at Coleridge, will contact each school at any point between now and the 8th May to inform them that your child is transferring to us. There are no forms you need to complete for your current school.

‘Are there any induction days’

Yes, an induction day will take place on Friday 6th July. Students will attend in the day and parents will be invited to come back at 3:30pm for a talk with the Headteacher and other staff members. There will be a chance for you to ask any questions about the practical aspects of starting in September.

‘When can students use the gym’

In PE lessons or any after school extra-curricular session.

‘Do students get the chance to do work experience at a work placement in Year 10/11’

All students undertake a week in Year 10 and 11.

‘Do families need to provide lab coats / goggles etc’

No, safety equipment is provided and maintained by the College.

‘Is the school canteen providing hot meals? Is it cash payment or online payments’

The College has independant on site caterers and offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. We encourage students not to bring cash on to the site. Parents can top up via Parentmail +Pay from home or students are able to top up at reception using their own credit/debit card.

Free school meal information and further information regarding catering is available here:

‘Travelling to the College’

Current information regarding travel can be found here – Further information will be available on the Induction day in July.

19 June 2018

CAST Year 10 Taster Days

19 June 2018

CAST Year 10 Taster Days

Year 10 Sixth form Taster Days – 11th and 18th July 2018

Current Year 10 students from schools across the County are invited to come along to one of our taster days in July.

Please complete the following form to express your interest –

15 June 2018


15 June 2018


Thanks to all the staff and students who took part in the filming of our new CAST video – Gigi, Ethan and Anna from Year 10, along with Luke, Roisin and Nanyo from Year 12 – as well as everyone else who was filmed around the college, during break and in lessons.

We are now in the process of putting together two versions of the video – one to take out to other secondary schools to show them all about CAST and another one with all the interviews in, to be shown at our Open Days in October.

We’ll also be featuring individual interviews over Social Media over the coming weeks – as some of the things both students, and external companies, said about CAST were not just informative, but also really singing the praises of the college – so it’s definitely a place for you all to be proud of!

Some of the praise included comments about our facilities – including ‘It’s the only secondary academy I am aware of that has a tissue culture lab, so it’s really amazing. The kind of same level of facilities you would find in a University research lab for instance’ (Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development, Cambridge University Health Partners).

Comments from students included – ‘Teachers are very supportive.. outside of college they also care if you are happy and that’s really important to me that they are there for me whenever’ (Roisin, Year 12) as well as ‘I am surrounded by a lot of people who are very clever. It really inspires me to learn lots and become as academic as I can be’ (Anna, Year 10).

13 June 2018

Year 12 Visit to Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills

13 June 2018

Year 12 Visit to Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills

This week, a group of Year 12 students visited Anglia Ruskin University to take part in two workshops to help them develop the skills required for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – which gives them the transferable skills they need for either University or the world of work.

During their visit, students learnt about information searching and references and went on to learn about academic writing and critical thinking.

Ruth McKenzie, EPQ and Transition Co-ordinator, said: “The students enjoyed the experience and said they found it really interesting and helpful learning the steps for planning an essay.”

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